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Big Cormorant Lake

Becker County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Cormorant Lake, MN


How big is Big Cormorant Lake?
Big Cormorant Lake is approximately 3,657 sq acres (14.8 sq km) in size with 19 miles (30.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Cormorant Lake?
Big Cormorant Lake is approximately 75 feet (22.9 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Big Cormorant Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Carp, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Big Cormorant Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and White Sucker.



What are the closest cities to Big Cormorant Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Audubon, MN and Lake Park, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Big Cormorant Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Big Cormorant Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Big Cormorant Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Big Cormorant Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there boat launches on Big Cormorant Lake?
We know of 2 public boat launches on Big Cormorant Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

Are there places to eat and drink near Big Cormorant Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Big Cormorant Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Big Cormorant Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Big Cormorant Lake including zebra mussel.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.


History & Status of the Fishery

Big Cormorant is regarded as an excellent natural prairie Walleye lake. At 3,657 acres, it is the second largest lake in Becker County. Its relatively close proximity to the Fargo-Moorhead area results in heavy angling pressure and shoreline development.

High water levels during the late 1990's resulted not only in changes to the shoreline and low-lying homes and cabins, but also in changes to the fish community. The recently high water levels opened up additional Northern Pike spawning habitat and the lake's pike population is still responding. The catch rate of pike has been well above normal for this lake since 2002 with a combined average over five surveys of 7.8 pike per net. The high water effects on the pike population is illustrated in the fact that in seven surveys prior to 2002, the average catch rate of Northern Pike was just 1.8 per set. Increases in numbers of small pike often result in decreases in Yellow Perch, the primary forage fish for Walleye and Northern Pike in most lakes. This is what appears to be occurring in Big Cormorant since Yellow Perch catches have remained lower than normal since 2002.

Fortunately, the Walleye population does not appear to have been adversely affected by the abnormally high Northern Pike numbers. The 2014 Walleye catch rate was lower than the lake's historical average, but still well above the normal range for similar lakes. Sampled Walleyes averaged 15.4 inches in length and 1.5 pounds in weight in 2014. In addition to the periodic, mid-summer test netting, the DNR began annual, fall electrofishing for young-of-the-year Walleyes in Big Cormorant in 2000. These studies have been good predictors of year class strengths for the future fishery. Cormorant Lake is an excellent natural Walleye lake with a strong 2011 year class poised to enter the current fishery. The 2005 and 2009 year classes also continue to make up significant portions of the Walleye sample in 2014.

Smallmouth Bass are another target species present in good numbers. Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill catches were higher than the lake's historical averages in 2014 and sizes are good for both species. Smallmouth Bass over 19 inches and Bluegills over nine inches were sampled during test netting and spring electrofishing. Black Crappies and Largemouth Bass can also be found in moderate numbers.


What is the average air temp for Big Cormorant Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big Cormorant Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 54°F (12°C) to a low around 32°F (0°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Big Cormorant Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Big Cormorant Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Big Cormorant Lake Reviews
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jadyn t.
4 star rating
This is a great lake for the average angler. A deep clear-water lake that excels in producing pig smallmouth bass, slab crappie, good pike, and is one of the better walleye lakes around with eyes' ranging from 12inches to 28inches.
Reviewed Jun 28, 2012
jeff s.
4 star rating
This Is An Amazingly Clear Lake. Lots Of Smaller Fish With An Occasional Larger One.
Reviewed Sep 15, 1999

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DISTANCE ACRES MAX DEPTH
Ellison Lake 1.9 mi 52 24 ft
Middle Cormorant Lake 2.3 mi 366 40 ft
Nelson Lake 2.4 mi 241 16 ft
Leif Lake 2.4 mi 521 26 ft
Bergerson Lake 2.4 mi 46 37 ft
Rossman Lake 3.0 mi 273 20 ft
Lake Ida 3.1 mi 630 20 ft
Peach Lake 3.4 mi 65 14 ft
Upper Cormorant Lake 3.5 mi 927 29 ft
Fish Lake 3.7 mi 82 59 ft
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